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Super Bowl Fever

Super Bowl Fever

Tim's (Tim Allen) plans for a big rowdy Super Bowl party are thrown for a loop when Jill (Patricia Richardson) comes down with the flu and begs him not to have his friends over. Tim, who wasn't paying attention during the "in sickness and in health" portion of his wedding vows, tries to have it both ways - coaching the guys to watch the game quietly downstairs while half-assedly caring for Jill upstairs. When Jill...
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Brother, Can You Spare a Hot Rod?

Brother, Can You Spare a Hot Rod?

After his first appearance at a hot rod show with his newly built 1934 Ford Roadster, the owner of a Pizzaria chain and car collector makes him an offer that he can't refuse. Without secon guessing the decision, Tim brings home the check, but is met with anger and dismay from his family. Realizing that he didn't think things through, particularly how selling the car would affect Brad, Tim contacts the pizza man, and begs...
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The Route of All Evil

The Route of All Evil

When Brad (Zachery Ty Bryan) has the opportunity to take on a paper route, Jill (Patricia Richardson) is worried that he's taking on too many responsibilities - but Tim (Tim Allen) is excited for his son to take a step into the professional world. Before long, Brad is worn down and exhausted by school, sports, band and his route - but with Tim pressuring him to stick with the paper route, he opts to cope...
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The Santa Clause (Bonus Episode)

The Santa Clause (Bonus Episode)

Ching-Ching-Ching! It's those jingle bells (or so Truman says with his sound effects) indicating that it's time for us to cover The Santa Clause! Tune-in for our in-depth breakdown of the beloved Christmas film that launched Tim Allen as a massive movie star. When Scott Cline accidentally kills Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, he unwittingly engages in an unbreakable contract forcing him to become the new Santa, much to the chagrin of everyone around him,...
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Pod Therapy (Bonus Episode)

Pod Therapy (Bonus Episode)

This week we're joined by Nick Tangeman of the podcast Pod Therapy to get a professional's opinion about some of the topics we deal with on a week-to-week basis. What's a healthy view of masculinity? Male bonding? Is having a sexual attraction to cars normal behavior? Are there long-term effects of television acting as a surrogate to children? Nick brings his charm and expertise to our conversation in what's one of our favorite episodes. Please...
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Off SidesSeason One, Episode Three

Off Sides | Home Improvement

Off Sides

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

It’s Big Game day, and all Tim wants to do is watch football with his boys. He forgot, however, that he was supposed to make dinner reservations with Jill. Left to Jill, she searches for a last-minute sitter, and finds one in Sir Larry Houdini, a birthday party magician.

At dinner, Tim conceals a portable radio in his jacket pocket so he can listen to the game at every chance he gets. Goaded on by another male patron, Jill quickly finds Tim out. Meanwhile, the boys have bound Sir Larry in chains and a straightjacket, and have locked him inside of a hope chest.

Instead of a huge fight, Jill acquiesces to Tim’s obsession and lets him listen with the kitchen staff. Later, they come home to find Sir Larry still in need of rescue.

On this episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen explore Tim’s obsession with football, Jill’s desire to spend more time with her husband, and an over-confident magician. And we further ponder whether or not Wilson is, in fact, God – and if God (Wilson) were to transpose himself into a human body, would he be immortal?

Home Improvement, Season One, Episode Three.

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Eric Christmas | Home ImprovementEric Christmas
John Marshall Jones | Home ImprovementJohn Marshall Jones
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Rudolph Willrich | Home ImprovementRudolph Willrich
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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Mow Better BluesSeason One, Episode Two

Mow Better Blues | Home Improvement

Mow Better Blues

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Tim and Mark, his youngest son, are in the garage adding MORE POWER! to his lawn mower. Momentarily left alone, Mark accidentally breaks one of his father’s tools, and in a fit of panic, hides it in the dryer.

Depressed, Mark confides in his older brothers, Brad and Randy, who can’t resist an opportunity to torment him, and spin a yarn that this happened once before with another brother, and that their parents were so upset that they traded him in for Mark. Terrified that he’ll also be traded in, Mark hides away in their “tree house”.

On this episode of Grunt Work…

Truman and Landen learn about respecting other people’s property, forgiveness, and sibling rivalry (torture?) They also get a little reference-heavy as they go head-to-head in a Jimmy Stewart-off, compare Patricia Richardson to Daniel Day Lewis, and find wardrobe connections to Jurassic Park.

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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PilotSeason One, Episode One

Pilot | Home Improvement

Pilot

On This Episode of Home Improvement…

Tim installs in the dishwasher the Blastmaster Compressor, a high power water pressure system. And, in true Tool Man fashion, he botches the installation, and, to the chagrin of Jill, it explodes dishes and silverware across their home.

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Grunt Work!

For the first episode of the podcast, we dive into the surprisingly solid Pilot of Home Improvement. (Why surprising? Listen to find out!)

We’re introduced to the entire Home Improvement cast, as well as the show-within-a-show ‘Tool Time’, and we discuss whether or not it’s public or cable access. While this is only the beginning, we’re already starting to ponder whether this show is meant to glorify manhood, or if it’s actually an irreverent look at the idiocy of man. Or both?!

Episode Cast

Earl Hindman | Home ImprovementEarl Hindman
Jonathan Taylor ThomasJonathan Taylor Thomas
Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
Patricia RichardsonPatricia Richardson
Richard Karn | Home ImprovementRichard Karn
Taran Noah SmithTaran Noah Smith
Tim AllenTim Allen
Zachery Ty Bryan | Home ImprovementZachery Ty Bryan
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